emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (tv)
See how quickly my plans dissolve? I'll try harder. Settling for some thoughts on what I'm watching lately.

I'm glad I tried out Last Man Standing, a new comedy on ABC Tuesdays with Tim Allen. I've only seen the pilot so far, but the parallels to his old show from the 90's Home Improvement were very apparent in the pilot.  3 girls instead of 3 boys, working at a man-friendly environment, having talks with the wife when his meddling isn't going right, and having tangents at work where he starts talking about life's problems.  I loved Home Improvement and if this show stays that way I will love this one. 

I'm all caught up on Merlin, and while I love the show and think it's been getting better with every new series/season and is at its very best, the one thing that annoys me about the show is how they seem to speed through story points.  Something they've done since the beginning, turning Morgana evil way too quickly (thought she never really developed a connection with Merlin or any of the cast really outside of what existed before the show), pushing Arthur/Gwen together before they could really explore any other avenues (pretty much killed the Lancelot possibilities) and now the situation with Uther.  Throw in the fact that while the show is "modeled" after Smallville, I got more satisfaction out of Clark saving the day before he was Superman than Merlin saving the day before he is revealed/outed.  I'm tired of Merlin barely doing anything while Morgana seems to be light years more powerful despite being newer to magic than he.  Also I really want some Merlin/Morgana interaction, one of the reasons I wish she hadn't been turned bad so quickly and why I hated during S2 when he and Gaius basically ignored her pain and need for help and let her turn to dark influences.

I love Psych and would like to marry it.  This is by far my favorite show to watch and it has only gotten better in S6. This show never isn't funny. The last one with Shawn, Gus, Lassiter and the Coroner having to figure out what they did the night before was hilarious.

I've only seen the latest season/series of Doctor Who (seen the first 3 with the ninth doctor) but I am such a big fan of Amy and the Doctor. My favorite episode is still "The Doctor's Wife" written by Neil Gaiman and while I tired of River Song over the length of the season all the complexities her character created in the show was a lot of fun to unweave, especially in "A Good Man Goes to War".  I would have been fine for the season to end there but the rest of the episodes had some moments. I especially liked the raving blue head in the finale. Perfect ending for a so-so episode.

Two of my favorite new shows have been Charlie's Angels & The Playboy Club, so of course both have since been cancelled.  I was disappointed more in TPC's cancellation than CA but both were enjoyable shows. I think the networks forgot that while Mad Men is critically acclaimed it is not exactly a ratings beast, and expecting new period dramas to do well immediately is shortsighted and they should have let them build an audience (ABC's Pan Am also seems to be in trouble - it is a good show but I've enjoyed CA & TPC more).  CA on the other hand I was more cautious after seeing the pilot, but the characters have grown on me and I really like how Bosley has a more active role in the missions and last week's episode with Erica Durance as Samantha Masters was a lot of fun despite not as much of a focus on the Angels.
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (fantasy)
I recently decided to finally jump on the Dr. Who bandwagon this Spring when after the first few episodes of the new season were getting some big buzz and I wanted to understand what the deal was since there is such a pretty big fandom.  Outside of a random episode I'd seen last year, I never had watched the series before so this is all a new experience for me.  Anyway, I'm three episodes in (the two part opener + the pirates episode) and it's been an interesting ride.  I like the eccentricity of the Doctor, but I don't know how I feel about Amy and her keeping secrets or whatever is happening to her with the visions and her baby; and still undecided about Rory.  There is a lot of WTF moments throughout the episodes but the Doctor and his clever solutions/revelations keep me coming back.  That solution to defeat the Silence was so damn brilliant my mind literally was blown away.  I'll try to watch more over the next few weeks and once I catch up I can now go back and watch all the DW episodes that are on Netflix Instant.

I don't think I've mentioned it on here, if I did my bad, but I saw Tron: Legacy recently and OMG! I loved that movie so damn much.  I was really surprised with how much I enjoyed it, I hadn't seen it in theaters and had held off on seeing it despite having a copy of it on hand.  But now after seeing the amazing visuals, I really wish I had seen it in theaters.  I mean Blu-Ray is a great second best but it's no big screen atmosphere.  I loved Olivia Wilde as Quorra, and the character's chemistry with Sam Flynn. I hope that if there is a sequel that it deals with the idea that the grid has been without a leader and it is up to Sam and Quorra to bring everything back together into the dream his father wanted originally.  I also saw the special features and really liked the shirt Sam wore in the next day featurette.  I've looked online and the only one I've found is this but I can't tell if it's an official shirt or not.

Lastly, I just saw Knight and Day this past weekend thanks to Netflix and I really don't understand how it didn't do better in theaters.  It was a lot of fun to watch.  Sure, it's very unbelievable and over the top when it comes to the action but you have zany Tom Cruise with quirky Cameron Diaz and there was plenty of laughs to be had with some of those crazy scenes.  Glad i finally got to see it.

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